Guys I have a 1996 4 runner sr5 manual 5 speed. It has resistance to roll even when it is in neutral with the clutch depressed I can't push it at all. I


Asked by Dec 31, 2014 at 11:38 AM about the Toyota 4Runner

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When you let off of the gas it slows down from the drag as well. The parking brake needs to be adjusted but there is no smell or smoke that you would normally encounter if the brake was stuck on. We use the brake all of the time so it is not a case of a seized brake due to not being used.

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If you jack up the rear and get both wheels off the ground, put it in neutral and try to spin the rear tires by hand you should find out if it's the parking brake or not. The parking brakes can seize whether you use them all the time or not. It's just something that happens.

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Journal bearing? Does this have a 2-piece drive shaft with a center bearing? Another suggestion is a clutch that is still engaging even in neutral. Here's a crazy idea, try a non-contact IR thermometer ($35 from Harbor Freight), if you have a bad bearing causing drag, excessive heat from it will give it away. If it's a seized brake you'll know it by the heat thrown from it. We use one at the track to look for early signs of a failing wheel bearing.

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Guys Hi I checked the hydraulic fluid level for the clutch. I topped it up started the truck it still won't roll in neutral even with the clutch in. The parking brake is the next thing I would like to set up. There is no resistance when I pull up on the hand brake. Do you know which wheel the brake is normally on ? I am going to get a pump jack tomorrow and lift the rear end like you suggested. The truck has had Krown rust treatment for the last 14 years so I am hoping I only need to lubricate and adjust the brake, can you tell me how to adjust the brake ? CG150102133820 Thanks Heinzy !


The parking brake shoes are normally on both sides. If you have drum rears, then there's a little lever that pushes the shoes out. If you have disc rear brakes, then the parking brake shoes are inside the "Hat" portion of the rotor. You can try the brake shoe adjustment through the back. Maybe slack the parking brake cable? Only time it happened to me was 36 years ago and I remember slugging off both drums so I could fidget with the shoes until they loosened. I think these days I'd try adjusting (tightening) the brake shoe adjuster wheel from the back and then trying to turn the wheel

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